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Woodside throws 4 TDs in Toledo's 45-28 MAC title game win

DETROIT (AP) Jason Candle had every reason in the world to be conservative at the end of the first half of Saturday's Mid-American Conference championship game.

His Toledo Rockets had a 21-point lead, and were facing a first down at their own 3-yard line with 1:39 left in the second quarter. The percentage play was to run out the clock, especially as they were getting the ball to start the second half.

Instead, Candle put the ball into the hands of quarterback Logan Woodside and he responded in a 45-28 victory.

''I've got the best passer in the history of this school,'' Candle said. ''You have to trust your quarterback to go for it in that spot, and I have that faith in Logan.''

After Terry Swanson ran the ball to the Toledo 39, Woodside took over. With eight seconds left in the half, he finished off the 97-yard drive with his third touchdown pass, hitting Jon'Vea Johnson for 27 yards and a 28-0 lead.

''Terry had a lot to do with that drive, because his runs got us out of the hole,'' said Woodside, who finished with four touchdown passes. ''After that, Coach gave me a chance to make some plays.''

The Rockets built the lead to 38-0 on their way to the victory.

''They played a little softer in the second half, because they knew they were so far ahead,'' Akron coach Terry Bowden said. ''Our guys played as hard as they could, and we got some quick scores late, but Toledo still won by a good margin.''

Swanson finished with 180 yards and two touchdowns.

''Logan is so good that he opens up all kinds of space for the running game,'' he said. ''Add in a great offensive line, and it makes my life a lot easier.''

Receivers Diontae Johnson (118 yards) and Jon'Vea Johnson (103) combined for 221 yards and three touchdowns for Toledo (11-2), which won its third conference championship game and first since 2004.

''When you have offensive balance, not just with the run and the pass, but two receivers getting the ball and making plays, you are going to be tough to stop,'' Candle said. ''We have great players, and it is our job to find ways to get them all involved.''

Akron (7-6) forced five turnovers but couldn't overcome the halftime deficit in their second loss to Toledo this season. They were hurt in the first half by a 48-yard punt return by Danzel McKinley-Lewis and a 36-yard return of a blocked field goal by Josh Teachey.

Woodside threw a touchdown pass in each of the first two quarters to Diontae Johnson, while Swanson rushed for 61 yards and another score before halftime. Toledo outgained Akron 326-98 in the half.

''You can't make mistakes, especially in the kicking game, and stay close to that team,'' Bowden said. ''Their offense is too prolific to give them any extra drives.''

Akron didn't score until Manny Morgan's rushing touchdown with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. The Rockets finished with a 561-396 edge in yardage.

THE TAKEAWAY

Akron: The Zips won a weak MAC East division, but Saturday's result wasn't a surprise. Akron lost 48-21 when they played the Rockets in Toledo on Oct. 22, giving up 626 yards of offense, and couldn't slow them down Saturday on an NFL field.

Toledo: The Rockets were dominant on Saturday, and they've scored 148 points in their past three games, but they can't afford five turnovers in their bowl game.

ROCKETS HISTORY

The Rockets hadn't won 11 games since going 11-0-1 in 1995, and a bowl-game victory would tie the school record of 12 wins, set in 1970 and tied the next year.

''This is the 100th year of Toledo football, and I just told my team that today guarantees that they will always be an important part of that history,'' Candle said.

SECOND CHANCE AT WOODSIDE

Woodside threw three interceptions in 12 regular-season games, but was picked off twice by the Zips. Ulysees Gilbert, who was named the game's defensive MVP, said facing Woodside for a second time was a factor.

''We've had two full weeks this season to study what he does,'' said Gilbert, who intercepted a pass in the second quarter. ''Football is more mental than physical, so with that much time to learn what he does, we were able to read him and react a little faster.''

UP NEXT

Akron: The Zips will learn in the next 24 hours where they will be headed for the third bowl game in school history. They played in the 2005 Motor City Bowl and 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Toledo: Along with the conference championship, the Rockets will play in a bowl game for the fourth straight season and the seventh time in eight years.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:20
48-N.Gasser extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
45
Touchdown 0:20
10-R.Kelley complete to 36-K.Booker. 36-K.Booker runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
85
yds
02:45
pos
27
45
Point After TD 6:09
48-N.Gasser extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
45
Touchdown 6:09
1-K.Nelson complete to 3-K.Smith. 3-K.Smith runs 44 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
65
yds
02:36
pos
20
45
Point After TD 13:35
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
45
Touchdown 13:35
2-T.Swanson runs 54 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
54
yds
00:10
pos
14
44
Point After TD 14:38
48-N.Gasser extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
38
Touchdown 14:38
1-K.Nelson complete to 82-A.Wolf. 82-A.Wolf runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
29
yds
00:08
pos
13
38
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:30
48-N.Gasser extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
38
Touchdown 0:30
9-M.Morgan runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:55
pos
6
38
Point After TD 2:25
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
38
Touchdown 2:25
11-L.Woodside complete to 21-S.Seymour. 21-S.Seymour runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
49
yds
02:43
pos
0
37
Field Goal 7:31
37-J.Vest 47 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
15
yds
02:46
pos
0
31
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:08
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
28
Touchdown 0:08
11-L.Woodside complete to 7-J.Johnson. 7-J.Johnson runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
97
yds
01:31
pos
0
27
Point After TD 6:51
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 6:51
11-L.Woodside complete to 3-D.Johnson. 3-D.Johnson runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
64
yds
03:33
pos
0
20
Point After TD 11:22
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 11:22
2-T.Swanson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
34
yds
00:57
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:10
37-J.Vest extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:10
11-L.Woodside complete to 3-D.Johnson. 3-D.Johnson runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
27
yds
00:24
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 26
Rushing 6 11
Passing 12 14
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 6-18 4-11
4th Down Conv 1-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 378 561
Total Plays 75 76
Avg Gain 5.0 7.4
Net Yards Rushing 113 254
Rush Attempts 33 39
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 6.5
Net Yards Passing 265 307
Comp. - Att. 18-42 23-37
Yards Per Pass 6.3 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-18 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-25 4-43
Touchdowns 4 6
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 3 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 5
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 7-42.7 3-38.3
Return Yards 45 106
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-66
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-32
Int. - Returns 2-45 1-8
Kicking 4/5 7/8
Extra Points 4/4 6/6
Field Goals 0/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Akron 7-6 0072128
Toledo 11-2 72110745
265 PASS YDS 307
113 RUSH YDS 254
378 TOTAL YDS 561
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Nelson 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44.4% 177 2 0 163.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.8% 909 8 2 127.8
K. Nelson 8/18 177 2 0
R. Kelley 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 71 1 0 158.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55% 182 2 0 164.4
R. Kelley 5/9 71 1 0
T. Woodson 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
35.7% 35 0 1 42.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.2% 1777 14 9 121.0
T. Woodson 5/14 35 0 1
T. Chapman 5 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
T. Chapman 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Morgan 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 51 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 393 4
M. Morgan 11 51 1 12
V. Edwards Jr. 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
94 348 2
V. Edwards Jr. 10 46 0 10
K. Nelson 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 177 1
K. Nelson 10 10 0 7
T. Woodson 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 -25 1
T. Woodson 2 6 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Smith 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 114 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 726 7
K. Smith 3 114 1 59
A. Wolf 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 41 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 450 5
A. Wolf 2 41 1 29
A. Williams 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 70 0
A. Williams 1 37 0 37
A. Coney 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 523 3
A. Coney 2 23 0 16
M. Morgan 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 58 0
M. Morgan 2 17 0 11
K. Booker 36 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 126 4
K. Booker 2 14 1 9
V. Edwards Jr. 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 33 0
V. Edwards Jr. 2 11 0 7
N. Stewart 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 45 0
N. Stewart 1 9 0 9
K. Gladney 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 116 1
K. Gladney 1 9 0 9
T. Chapman 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 456 2
T. Chapman 2 8 0 5
K. Nelson 1 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Nelson 0 0 0 0
B. Junk 45 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
B. Junk 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
U. Gilbert III 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 3 0.0
U. Gilbert III 9-1 0.0 1
A. Davis 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
A. Davis 8-1 0.0 0
J. George 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 5 0.0
J. George 7-3 0.0 1
J. Davis II 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Davis II 6-0 0.0 0
D. Dailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Dailey 4-0 0.0 0
K. Brown 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
K. Brown 3-0 0.0 0
J. Lako 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
J. Lako 2-1 0.0 0
B. Boxen 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
B. Boxen 2-2 0.0 0
B. Bell 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
B. Bell 2-2 0.0 0
I. Camara 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Camara 2-0 0.0 0
J. Ward 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Ward 1-0 0.0 0
D. Butler 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Butler 1-0 0.0 0
A. Hauser 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Hauser 1-0 0.0 0
S. Featherstone 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.0
S. Featherstone 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
N. Gasser 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/4 13/13
N. Gasser 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Gasser 48 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 42.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
78 41.9 2
N. Gasser 7 42.7 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Woodside 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.2% 307 4 2 156.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.9% 3758 28 5 169.1
L. Woodside 23/37 307 4 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Swanson 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 180 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
231 1319 14
T. Swanson 21 180 2 54
S. Seymour 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 704 12
S. Seymour 8 39 0 17
A. Thompkins 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
102 618 2
A. Thompkins 5 30 0 17
L. Woodside 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 65 1
L. Woodside 2 14 0 8
D. Phillips 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -5 0
D. Phillips 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Johnson 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 118 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
72 1257 13
D. Johnson 9 118 2 29
J. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 103 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 675 5
J. Johnson 6 103 1 28
D. Rosi 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 90 0
D. Rosi 1 18 0 18
D. Richards 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 90 0
D. Richards 1 17 0 17
D. McKinley-Lewis 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 311 3
D. McKinley-Lewis 2 13 0 12
S. Seymour 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 90 1
S. Seymour 1 12 1 12
B. Mitchell 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
B. Mitchell 1 12 0 12
D. Phillips 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 102 2
D. Phillips 1 8 0 8
T. Swanson 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 168 0
T. Swanson 1 6 0 6
J. Fisher 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 266 0
J. Fisher 0 0 0 0
A. Thompkins 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 110 0
A. Thompkins 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Woodley 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
J. Woodley 6-2 0.0 0
D. Blue 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
D. Blue 6-0 1.0 0
Z. Quinn 31 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
Z. Quinn 5-4 0.0 0
O. Adeniyi 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
O. Adeniyi 5-0 2.0 0
T. Mathis 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 3 0.0
T. Mathis 4-0 0.0 1
J. Teachey 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Teachey 3-2 0.0 0
K. Robinson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 4 0.0
K. Robinson 3-1 0.0 0
N. Childress 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
N. Childress 2-0 1.0 0
M. Whitfield 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Whitfield 2-0 0.0 0
K. Hollman 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
K. Hollman 2-0 0.0 0
A. Covington 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Covington 1-0 0.0 0
J. Linch 29 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 1 0.0
J. Linch 1-3 0.0 0
T. Taafe 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Taafe 1-1 0.0 0
R. Olekanma 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Olekanma 1-1 0.0 0
A. Boczar 46 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Boczar 1-0 0.0 0
J. Clark 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 2 0.0
J. Clark 1-1 0.0 0
R. Howard 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Howard 1-0 0.0 0
M. Moore 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
M. Moore 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Vest 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
25/30 56/59
J. Vest 1/2 47 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Flint 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 38.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
39 37.1 2
B. Flint 3 38.3 2 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Phillips 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 17.1 18 0
D. Phillips 2 16.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. McKinley-Lewis 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.0 48 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 8.7 48 0
D. McKinley-Lewis 3 22.0 48 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AKRON 25 2:15 5 10 Punt
11:42 AKRON 15 0:52 3 -1 Punt
10:10 AKRON 25 3:21 7 -22 Punt
1:54 AKRON 20 1:10 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 TOLEDO 37 1:40 7 12 FG Miss
11:22 AKRON 25 0:50 3 1 Punt
6:51 AKRON 25 1:41 5 24 INT
2:41 AKRON 50 0:51 3 3 Punt
0:08 AKRON 25 0:00 1 10 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:16 AKRON 20 0:49 3 1 Punt
7:26 AKRON 25 2:13 6 24 Downs
2:25 AKRON 25 1:55 4 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 TOLEDO 29 0:08 1 29 TD
13:50 TOLEDO 42 0:00 1 -12
13:35 AKRON 25 2:58 9 63 Downs
8:45 AKRON 35 2:36 7 65 TD
3:05 AKRON 15 2:45 12 85 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 TOLEDO 33 0:43 3 6 Punt
10:34 AKRON 17 0:24 2 27 TD
6:49 TOLEDO 18 4:51 9 69 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:34 TOLEDO 31 0:00 3 6
12:19 AKRON 34 0:57 3 34 TD
10:24 TOLEDO 36 3:33 8 64 TD
5:01 TOLEDO 49 2:11 7 1 INT
1:39 TOLEDO 3 1:31 8 97 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 TOLEDO 23 3:29 7 77 Fumble
10:17 AKRON 45 2:46 6 15 FG
5:08 AKRON 49 2:43 7 39 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:25 TOLEDO 22 0:00 2 49 INT
14:38 TOLEDO 25 0:40 2 17 Fumble
13:45 TOLEDO 46 0:10 1 54 TD
10:28 TOLEDO 22 1:36 3 9 Punt
6:09 TOLEDO 35 2:56 5 15 Punt
0:19 AKRON 44 0:00 1 -4